"A terroristic group that endorses arresting and executing LGBTQ+ persons (is) hosting an event at your restaurant in my hometown," Kitterman tweeted. "Care to stop this? I'm gay and you have the power to ensure me and my boyfriend are safe from these extremists."
Cracker Barrel, based in Lebanon, Tennessee, responded with a tweet and statement that said it was not affiliated with Fritts or his church.
"We disagree strongly with their statements of hate and divisiveness," restaurant officials said. "We serve everyone who walks through our doors with genuine hospitality, not hate, and require all guests to do the same."
Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said a fear of First Amendment lawsuits has prevented him from firing Fritts for his comments, which were delivered in a June 2 sermon, the News Sentinel reported. Fritts agreed to take a voluntary buyout May 15, before he delivered his sermon, the newspaper reported.
Spangler said Fritts was on paid sick leave until the buyout goes into effect July 19, according to the News Sentinel.